Date: February 9th, 2011
Time: 8:15 AM
Status: Wine – the wonder drug
Oddly enough things have quieted down here. We’re managing our time, our schedules are being coordinated nicely and our two girls are doing what they need to do. Taylor, our oldest is one hard-working young lady at the University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism where she’s become the Asst. Editor to THE DAILY GAMECOCK and Logan is soon to become the pride of the Petaluma High School swim team. LuLu, the bundle of bulldog provides each of us with all the love she can each and everyday as she warms up to us in her own special way.
The nurse navigator at Women’s Sutter Health has been a godsend to Bonnie in particular and after meeting her oncologist this week I really feel we are both (this includes anyone reading this) in very capable hands.
This week’s agenda includes meeting Bonnie’s plastic surgeon, Dr. Cynthia Goodman at Marin General. We hear nothing but positive praise about this veteran and I’ll provide more on that session sometime tomorrow.
Bonnie’s bi-lateral mastectomy is scheduled for March 14th (not quite the Ides of March, whew!) and as I’ve said things are rolling smoothly right now. We’ll know more after meeting with Dr. Goodman.
You know I’ve been reading quite a bit these days and Bonnie even commented this morning on how much I’ve retained about the subject but there’s one term I can’t find in the index of any book related to Breast Cancer Recovery and it’s a term (or noun) we’ve been using extensively since we learned of the news on January 14th.
What’s that term/noun you ask?
Wine has become the wonder drug for the two of us. Yesterday afternoon around 3:PM I was sitting in the classroom with my students who all know what Mr. Cheney is going through and my cell phone alerted me to an a new text. The text from Bonnie read “Can I interest you in a glass of wine?” I smiled and proudly displayed it to the students and my envied colleagues. You know I can never say “NO” to my wife and after putting on a pot of home-made spaghetti sauce we darted out to leave Logan keeping an eye on the sauce to a nice little place within walking distance from the house called “LUMA” where we enjoyed a new Austrian red by the winemaker Wohlmuth. Their special last night was the 2006 Blaufraenkisch (a mouthful in itself). This deep ruby-red garnet with intense blackberry-cassis spice was fresh and sappy with minimal tannins which absolutely hit the spot with the cheese board and the setting for the evening which included each other’s company, Julie the bartender, the varied customers and all the laughs we received at the texts we received from our friend Margie.
You guys have been outstanding at keeping her close … naysayers beware – we’ve got this thing covered – we love the support we’ve been receiving at both coasts and as you can see Bonnie’s Boosters is growing each and every day.
Keep her close you guys.